Girls soccer: Winless streak ends with 2-0 win over South
While the Rosemount girls soccer team was in the middle of a six-game winless streak, Irish coach Kevin Adams knew his team wasn't far off from where it was earlier this season when Rosemount won seven of its first eight games.
Adams and the Irish knew they were close. Better competition played a role in the winless streak, but so did Rosemount's inability to capitalize on its opportunities. In three straight ties followed by three consecutive one-goal losses, missed scoring chances played a big part in the final outcomes.
"We have not been playing poorly," Adams said. "In all of those games, we had played very, very well. As the season moves on and gets more grueling, you get a little more fatigued and we just couldn't finish. It was nice to see them continue to work hard and believe in themselves. We got the finish we needed. It's a good way to start the last week of the season.
After a 2-1 loss at home to Prior Lake continued the streak, Rosemount came through with a 2-0 win at Lakeville South to end last week's play.
The Prior Lake game might have been the best example of how the Irish were playing well, just not scoring when they had the chance. Rosemount outshot the Lakers 19-5, but took a 2-1 overtime loss.
Shade Pratt scored for the Irish with an assist to Kali DeBaun.
"I would say we dominated the game," Adams said. "The problem we had, the problem we've been having, is when we get opportunities we are struggling to finish. The girls played extremely well. We moved the ball well. It was one of those situations where we couldn't finish. We were tied after regulation and we had a breakdown in overtime."
Rosemount (8-3-4, 2-2-3 South Suburban) came back with a road win.
Kate Mallory earned her ninth shutout of the season for the Irish with eight saves.
Pratt and Brooke Stevens scored goals for the Irish, while Shannon Carroll had an assist.
"It was a wonderful thing," Adams said. "We had not been finishing, so we focused in training on finishing. What we ended up doing was asking the girls to go back and remember what we did earlier in the season and how we were able to finish early on. We came out against Lakeville South, moved the ball well and finished those chances."
The Irish play tonight at Eastview and close the regular season Saturday at Henry Sibley Saturday. They open the section tournament next week.
"Great teams rise to the level of the situation and our girls have been proving all year they know how to rise to it even though we haven't always risen to it," Adams said. "This week is a key with some of the opponents we play with section seeding on the line. I am confident the girls will bring their 'A' and be just fine. There is nothing bigger than this week for us."